I'm never quite sure what three year olds will pick up and repeat so we try to be careful about what we say. I pay attention to what he watches, is exposed to and how he is treated.
I knew that this trip would be akin to "over exposure" but I sitll wanted him to experience as much as possible and have a good time.
This particular story comes on our way home from the airport. (Obviously we aren't going in order of occurence here)
We were switching drivers (I had been driving and now A was going to drive since Baby K was getting fussy). I pulled over on the emergency lane to the entrance ramp of I-75. It was almost dark and when we were doing a chinese redlight switch, we (me and A) heard a rustling in the bushes about 20 feet away. I had no idea what that sound was but it frightened us and I shouted to A as I pressed the automatic door close on our van, "GO!" and she replied, "Hold On".
About 30 seconds passed and I heard J say in a commanding voice, "Please Hold On, This Train is Stopping." At first, I wasn't sure that I had heard exactly those words and then realized that I had....then I laughed.
The next time he said it, which was about 15 seconds later, we all caught it and began to laugh. This inspired him further and for the next 10 miles, we listened to him repeating over and over, "Please Hold On, This Train is Stopping".
He's gotten a lot of mileage off this funny since we've been home. He will say it now out of the blue just to get the laughs and attention that it invites. We still chuckle occasionally and marvel at how cool it all is.
These were the words that came over the loud speaker in Hartfield/Jackson aiport inside the tramcar that transports passengers underground between the different concourses. They sounded every time it stopped or started - which was about every 90 seconds.
What's so special and cool about this?
We all thought J was asleep in the stroller the whole time.